A cloisonné-enamelled and gilt-bronze 'Buddhist lion' bowl Mid Ming dynasty
Lot 388
A cloisonné-enamelled and gilt-bronze 'Buddhist lion' bowl Mid Ming dynasty
Sold for HK$ 548,000 (US$ 70,704) inc. premium
Auction Details
A cloisonné-enamelled and gilt-bronze 'Buddhist lion' bowl Mid Ming dynasty
Lot Details
Cloisonné enamel from the Reid family collection (lots 384-414)
A cloisonné-enamelled and gilt-bronze 'Buddhist lion' bowl
Mid Ming dynasty
With foot slightly splayed, the wide body with flaring sides slightly curved inwards towards the rim, the exterior with six Buddhist lions playing with ribbons tied to chakra wheels amongst wisps of clouds, the interior with a central medallion of a pair of mandarin ducks, the inside frieze with six horses galloping on turbulent waves, both walls framed by an upper band of 'zigzag' motif and upward lotus leaf lappets at the bottom, all enamelled in various colours of white, yellow, red, blue, green and black on a turquoise ground, the mouthrim and bottom gilded.
22.5cm wide.

Footnotes

  • 明中期 銅胎掐絲琺瑯瑞獅天馬紋大碗

    Provenance 來源:
    Spink & Son Ltd., 8 June 1948.

    Illustrated 出版:
    Canadian Antiques Collector. A Journal of Antiques and Fine Arts. 9th Annual Edition, June 1970, p.12, fig.1 and p.15, fig.3.

    An identical size and shaped bowl is in the Palace Musuem collection, see The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Metal-bodied Enamel Ware, Hong Kong, 2001, p.47, no.45. The current lot shares the same inner leaf lappet motif and comparable Buddhist lions as the example in the Palace Museum. Another example of a bowl with Buddhist lions is in the National Palace Museum, see Enamel Ware in the Ming and Ch'ing Dynasties, Taipei, 1999, p.75 no.8. The positioning of the central medallion and bands of decorations at the lower footrim and upper mouthrim also bears close similarites.

    Another similar but larger bowl with Xuande four-character mark and of the period is also in the Palace Museum collection, see The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Metal-bodied Enamel Ware, Hong Kong, 2001, p.29, no.27. Although the bowl differs in size and decorative motif, the current lot bears the same splayed foot as the example in the Palace Museum.
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